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Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

Hello All,
I have a stock standard Dell Dimension E520 with 2x1GB 677Ram. Intel Core 2 Duo E6320. & need a new graphics card - I currently have a ATI X1300 Pro 256 MB graphics card. What is the best Graphics car upgrade i can get? I think at least a Nvidia 6600GT/ATI Radeon 1600XT with 256MB memory, will they go strait into my graphics card slot?? **Or better**
Thanks heaps!!!!

Yes its to play COD 4 - WAW.

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Naru2005
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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

You could stick a 9500GT or a HD4670 onto that machine. These cards require no extra power connectors and draws all of its power from the PCI Express x16 slot.

Max Power for 9500GT - 50 watts.
Max Power for HD4670 - 59 watts.

Dell Dimension E520:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz), 4GB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM, Samsung SP2504C 250GB HDD, Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB HDD, Hitachi-LG 16X DVD+-RW - DL, XFX GeForce 8 8600GT 256MB GDDR3, Stock Dell 305W PSU

rockorchard
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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

Naru2005: I too want to upgrade my E520. I notice you have a Q6600 quad. Does it work OK? I should think it would require a larger power supply also. My lowly machine came with a E6300 core Duo. Works OK for some things.

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Hunter7
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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

Hello rockorchard and its nice to meet you. My name is Hunter and i will help you here. Although i do not have a dimension 520 i can still help you. Im wondering are you asking Naru2005 her processor type because you want an upgrade processor? I currently have a Q6600 and it requires 65 watts and sometimes more than that. You dual core requires about 55watts or greater. So they are in about the same in power usage, but a huge difference in preformance. Also, if you were to upgrade your processor it would void your warrenty, so i would not recommend that.

Hunter

XPS 420

INTEL Q6600

425 watt power supply

4GB memory

Windows Vista 64bit

EVGA Geforce GTS 250 1GB SC

 

Regards,

Hunter L. Metcalfe

IBM GBS Software Engineer

IBM Project of the Year - NARA

Lets Build a Smarter Planet

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Hunter7
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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

Well the Q6600 requires 105 watt if power and your processor 65 watts. But dell makes their processors different so it meets the standards of the computer.

Regards,

Hunter L. Metcalfe

IBM GBS Software Engineer

IBM Project of the Year - NARA

Lets Build a Smarter Planet

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rockorchard
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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

Well the Q6600 requires 105 watt if power and your processor 65 watts. But dell makes their processors different so it meets the standards of the computer.

 

 

Hunter:

I was looking to upgrade my processor although this is not part of the original thread, I had asked the question since the member had the same model as I have.

I was under the impression that in order to use specific porcessors, the motherboard had to support the item in question. According to my manual, mine supports up to the E6600 (probably also the E6700 too). There may be quite a difference between that and the Q6600.

My warranty has long expired so that is not a consideration. The other item of note is that the member only had a stock 305W PS. I know that Dell under specifys their powers supplies, but going to a Q6600 as well as a video board that uses more power seems like quite a leap. Can this really be done safely?

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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

For the interest of anyone reading the post at a later date, I've just fitted a 1GB Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4670 DDR3 into my E520.  Great card for the job, slips straight into the slot with no PSU or other mods needed.

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Hunter7
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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

well i was wrong and you were right your computer can only support the e6600 im not too sure about the e6700. I am wondering are these cards socket 775 and are they 65Nm. If they are then your computer would support q6600 or q6700. The only thing about upgrading to the quad cores is the power requirement. You would either have to do a power supply upgrade or buy a (dedicated power supply (only for graphics)). Your manual only says the E6600, because when you bought your computer that was the best core avaiable, then there was no quad cores available. If you would like me to i will have you talk to my friend from dell that could help you in this situation and find the best parts for your computer.

Hunter

Regards,

Hunter L. Metcalfe

IBM GBS Software Engineer

IBM Project of the Year - NARA

Lets Build a Smarter Planet

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Moderator
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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

rockorchard,

The KU345 Core 2 Duo Conroe E6600, 2.4GHz, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2, 65nm is the fastest we validated in the Dimension E520. But, based on Naru2005s sig file, I guess the Core 2 Quad Q6600 works. You can upgrade the 305w power supply to this 500w power supply to support a better PCIe x16 video card and CPU.

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Re: Dell Dimension E520 - Graphics Upgrade?!

Chris M,

I just bought a Q6700 to fit into my E520; this should work with my existing 305w CPU, shouldn't it?

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